President decorates NCOs and officers serving outside Poland
President Andrzej Duda decorated ten NCOs and officers of the Polish Army, who served in NATO international missions, with the Mediterranean Sea Star distinction, in Warsaw, on the occasion of Day of Veterans Serving Outside Poland.
During the ceremony, the president said that "Polish soldiers, whether serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions, or with (Polish - PAP) contingents in various other allied missions, in particular NATO, represent Poland and are pursuing our interests." That is why, Poland owes them a debt of gratitude for all they have done, declared Andrzej Duda.
The president noted that such missions were focused on ensuring global security and that was why Polish soldiers stood side by side with the soldiers from allied armies, especially the US Armed Forces, in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places in the world.
"I pay the deepest tribute to Polish veterans taking part in Poland's activities abroad," the head of the state said.
The Day of Veterans Serving Outside Poland was established in 2011 and falls on May 29, which is also the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (established in 2002). More than 115,000 Polish soldiers and military personnel have taken part in over 90 foreign missions. During these missions, 120 Polish soldiers and military personnel lost their lives and over 800 were injured. (PAP)